David Jones, artist and poet (1895-1974) begins his PREFACE TO THE ANATHEMATA :

'I have made a heap of all that I could find.' (1) So wrote Nennius, or whoever composed the introductory matter to Historia Brittonum. He speaks of an 'inward wound' which was caused by the fear that certain things dear to him 'should be like smoke dissipated'. Further, he says, 'not trusting my own learning, which is none at all, but partly from writings and monuments of the ancient inhabitants of Britain, partly from the annals of the Romans and the chronicles of the sacred fathers, Isidore, Hieronymous, Prosper, Eusebius and from the histories of the Scots and Saxons although our enemies . . . I have lispingly put together this . . . about past transactions, that [this material] might not be trodden under foot'. (2)

(1) The actual words are coacervavi omne quod inveni, and occur in Prologue 2 to the Historia.
(2) Quoted from the translation of Prologue 1. See The Works of Gildas and Nennius, J.A.Giles, London 1841.

11 February 2016

the loudest is the weakest

bL/HA still can't get too much of this great album

 Kendrick Lamar : To Pimp a Butterfly (2015)

[Verse 1]
I could spot you a mile away
I could see your insecurities written all on your face

So predictable your words, I know what you gonna say
Who you foolin'? Oh, you assuming you can just come and hang
With the homies but your level of realness ain't the same

Circus acts only attract those that entertain
Small talk, we know that it's all talk

We live in the Laugh Factory every time they mention your name

- from 'You Ain't Gotta Lie (Momma Said)

 Kendrick Lamar in the Oval Office with President Obama earlier 
 this year. In December, Barack Obama said in an interview that 
 'How Much a Dollar Cost' was his favourite song of 2015.

 A Person Looks At A Work Of Art/
 someone looks at something...